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Frenchwoman tackles Abe, Macron over sister missing in Japan

Paris - A French woman on Wednesday slipped into the grounds of the French presidential palace to question Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the fate of her sister missing in Japan.

US sets new trade talks with EU, Japan, Britain

Washington - US officials announced Tuesday negotiations for separate trade agreements with Britain, the European Union and Japan as part of efforts by President Donald Trump's administration to rebalance global commerce.

Japan unveils sales tax hike

Apo - Japan on Monday announced a much anticipated sales tax hike in 2019 to address the nation's huge public debt, despite warnings it could hobble growth in the world's third-biggest economy.

Japan PM Abe to make rare China visit this month

Bejing - Shinzo Abe will pay the first visit to China by a Japanese prime minister since 2011 later this month, Beijing announced Friday, in the latest sign of warming ties between the rivals.

Japan unveils plan to attract more foreign workers

Apo - Japan on Friday unveiled a plan to attract more foreign blue-collar workers, as the world's number-three economy battles a crippling labour shortage caused by an ageing and shrinking population.

Ghosts of Tsukiji: After 83 years, world's top fish market now empty shell

Apo - For 83 years, the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo was a head-spinning hive of activity.

Japan delays touchdown of Hayabusa2 probe on asteroid: official

Apo - A Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid in order to shed light on the origins of the solar system will now land on the rock several months later than planned, officials said Thursday.

Tokyo war shrine priest to quit for criticising Emperor

Apo - The chief priest at Japan's controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo will quit after "highly inappropriate language" criticising the emperor was leaked to a magazine, the shrine said Thursday.The shrine, which honours 2.

First tuna auction at Japan's 'new Tsukiji' market

Apo - The cries of the raucous pre-dawn tuna auction rang out for the first time at Tokyo's new fish market Thursday, just days after the world-famous Tsukiji site closed the door on its 83-year history.

First tuna auction at Japan's 'new Tsukiji' market

Apo - The cries of the raucous pre-dawn tuna auction rang out for the first time at Tokyo's new fish market Thursday, just days after the world-famous Tsukiji market closed the door on an 83-year history.

S. Korea begins naval event without Japan after 'Rising Sun' flag row

Seoul - South Korea on Wednesday kicked off an international fleet review involving 13 nations, after Japan bowed out in protest at Seoul's demand it remove a controversial 'Rising Sun' naval flag from Tokyo's warship.

Japan space tourist says moon training 'shouldn't be too hard'

Apo - Billionaire Japanese tycoon and future space tourist Yusaku Maezawa's training to go the moon should not be too tricky, he joked Tuesday, adding that he planned to use free time from his six-hour work day to squeeze it in.

Japan PM says post-Brexit Britain welcome to join Pacific trade pact

Apo - Japan would welcome Britain to the Pacific trade deal "with open arms" after Brexit, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said in an interview published on Monday.

Kim expected to meet 'soon' with leaders of China, Russia: Seoul

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday he believed North Korea's Kim Jong Un would soon meet with the leaders of China and Russia as part of an ongoing diplomatic effort to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Japan military officer killed during US-Philippine drill

Apo - Japan's military said Sunday one of its members was killed in a car crash in the Philippines during joint exercises with US and Filipino troops.

Sayonara Tsukiji! Exodus as relocation of Tokyo's famed fish market begins

Apo - Hundreds of fishmongers on forklifts and trucks rose before dawn in Tokyo to join a mammoth exodus of vendors as the world-famous Tsukiji market relocates to a new site.

American DJ David Morales arrested in Japan for ecstasy possession

Apo - American DJ David Morales was arrested early Sunday at a southern Japanese airport on suspicion of drug smuggling after a tiny quantity of ecstasy was allegedly found in his possession, police and local media said.

Cheese squeeze: Japan cheesemakers fret over EU trade deal

Nasushiobara - It was three decades ago, but Kazuhiko Ochiai still remembers his first taste of cheese when he visited France, a palate pleaser that inspired the former researcher to start producing his own variety in Japan.

Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US-North Korea summit 'at earliest date'

Seoul - Kim Jong Un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump as soon as possible, Seoul said Sunday, after Washington's top diplomat held "productive" talks on denuclearisation with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang.

Pompeo eyes progress over Trump-Kim summit on Asia trip

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped to make progress on denuclearisation and a second US-North Korean summit as he kicked off an Asian trip Saturday that will feature a meeting with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang.

Pompeo eyes progress over Trump-Kim summit on Asia trip

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped to accelerate a second summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump as he kicked off an Asian trip Saturday featuring a meeting with North Korea's leader.

Going, going, gone! Tokyo's Tsukiji holds last tuna auction before move

Apo - Tokyo fishmongers gathered before dawn Saturday for one final tuna auction at the world-famous Tsukiji market before it closed its doors to move to a new site.

Toyota announces new recall of 2.4 million hybrid cars

Apo - Japanese car giant Toyota said Friday it is recalling more than 2.4 million hybrid cars over a fault that could cause crashes, just a month after another recall affecting hybrids.

Pompeo heads back to N.Korea with historic deal in play

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads back this weekend to North Korea as the contours of a potentially historic deal begin to take shape, even if Kim Jong Un's regime publicly stays firm in demands.

Osaka cuts ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue

Apo - The Japanese city of Osaka has cut sister city ties with San Francisco over a statue in the US city memorialising women forced into sexual slavery.

Last orders as Tokyo's Tsukiji market relocates

Apo - For decades, Tokyo's Tsukiji market has been the beating heart of a world-class culinary capital, supplying Michelin-starred chefs and drawing tourists who queue for hours to glimpse pre-dawn tuna auctions.

Touchdown! Japan space probe lands new robot on asteroid

Apo - A Japanese probe landed a new observation robot on an asteroid on Wednesday as it pursues a mission to shed light on the origins of the solar system.

Pompeo to meet Kim Jong Un in N. Korea on Sunday: State Dept

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will pay a fresh visit to North Korea on Sunday and meet leader Kim Jong Un to push forward denuclearization efforts, the State Department said.

Remains of missing Japanese hiker found on Matterhorn

Geneva - Bones discovered at the foot of the Matterhorn have been identified as the remains of a Japanese national who disappeared on the iconic mountain four years ago, Swiss police said Monday.

Four dead after typhoon batters Japan

Apo - Four people have been killed in a powerful typhoon that battered Japan over the weekend, local media reported Monday, as the storm's aftermath brought travel chaos to Tokyo.
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